Magnolias

Magnolias

Deciduous and evergreen large shrubs or feature size trees, many with nicely scented flowers in spring and summer. We have a great modern selection from around the world, including many new yellows which flower slightly later than the pinks and whites, and can avoid the frosts.

Magnolias prefer full sun, cool roots and shelter from strong winds. Plant in enriched soil, deeply worked, free draining, moisture retentive neutral to slightly acidic. After planting, feed with a good ericaceous fertilizer and mulch well. Apply slow release fertilizer every spring whilst the plant is establishing.

Magnolias were amongst the first plants on Earth to reproduce using flowers pollinated by insects. They are native to America and Asia, but not Europe. The Magnolia was named by Linnaeus in commemoration of Pierre Magnol, who was Louis XIV's doctor and a professor of Botany. Magnolia grandiflora was introduced into Britain from America in 1734. The first Magnolias from China arrived around 1780, and proved much hardier than those from America.

NEW: Just added some cracking new varieties, especially late flowering yellows, from renowned breeders such as August Kehr in Carolina, and Philippe de Spoelberch in Belgium. Being new and grafted, they do cost a bit more, and the 3 litre size are about 60-90cm tall.

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Magnolia 'Sayonara'
Magnolia 'Sayonara'
Abundant fragrant white goblet shaped flowers, tinged pale pink at the base. Late flowering April May, to avoid frosts. Forms a large shrub or small tree with broad oval habit. Height 2-4 metres in 10 years. Best in moist acid soils. Magnolia 'Sayonara' is a lovely Magnolia and the specimen in our woodland gardens attracts lots of attention each year when in flower.
£34.95
Magnolia Banana Split
Magnolia Banana Split
NEW. Green pointed buds open to yellow-cream flowers up to 25cm long, with a purple stained midrib. May flowering. An excellent selection made by Philippe de Spoelberch, from a plant raised by August Kehr. (M. brooklynensis 'Woodsman' x M. 'Lennei') x M. 'Elizabeth'. Vigorous upright habit. Height about 4 metres in 10 years.
£34.95

Magnolia Caerhay's Belle  AGM
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Magnolia Caerhay's Belle AGM
Rich blowsy salmon pink flowers up to 30cm wide and displayed sideways in great profusion in March, followed by large decorative pink seed cones, 20cm long. Forms a small to medium sized tree. Height 2-4 metres in 10 years. Best in moist acid soils.
£34.95
Magnolia Columnar Pink
Magnolia Columnar Pink
Deep pink cup shaped flowers, fade paler in April-May giving giving a long flowering season. Strong branched upright habit ideal for smaller gardens. A Maurice Foster selection. Height 2-4 metres in 10 years.
£34.95

Magnolia Daphne  AGM
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Magnolia Daphne AGM
NEW. One of the very best yellow flowered Magnolias. Deep yellow flowers in April and May after the worst frosts. It flowers at a young age, and is ideal for small gardens. A plant with upright habit, approx 2.5 metres in 10 years. A fantastic plant from Belgian Magnolia expert Philippe de Spoelberch. Best in acidic soils, but will tolerate neutral soils which have plenty of organic matter added.
£34.95
Magnolia Gold Star  AGM
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Magnolia Gold Star AGM
Creamy yellow stellata type flowers opening to 10cm wide. A lovely deciduous plant that has very hardy frost tolerant star like flowers during March-April. A small to medium sized tree of upright habit which is quick growing when young and has lovely bronze red new foliage, opening pale green. Height 200-400cm in 10 years. Best in moist acid soils, but will tolerate neutral soils with good organic...
£34.95

Magnolia grandiflora 'Kay Parris'
Magnolia grandiflora 'Kay Parris'
(H5) NEW! This variety of M. grandiflora is a huge improvement on all the old cultivars, flowering from a young age on a smaller plant ideal for smaller gardens. Also displays greater winter hardiness. Free flowering spicy-lemon scented white flowers from May, through summer. Dark glossy leaves with foxy indumentum. Upright habit either free standing as a single stem or bush, or trained against...
£19.95
Magnolia Honey Liz
Magnolia Honey Liz
NEW. Lovely large floppy deep yellow flowers in April which soon hang over the fully expanded leaves. A vigorous tall growing tree with large bullate dark green leaves, reaching 4 metres in 10 years. This plant was hybridized by Magnolia experts August Kehr in Carolina, USA, and raised by Philippe de Spoelberch in Belgium.
£29.95

Magnolia Iolanthe
Magnolia Iolanthe
Large cup shaped flowers, pink on the outside, creamy white on the inside, scented, and flowering in April from a young age. A vigorous small upright tree from Jury, New Zealand. Height 2-4 metres in 10 years.
£34.95
Magnolia Jane Platt  AGM
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Magnolia Jane Platt AGM
A selected pink clone of Magnolia stellata (the Star Magnolia), with distinctive deep rich pink flowers up to 10cm across with up to 30 tepals. Flowering in April it is a strong growing and very floriferous deciduous plant with a bushy habit. Height 150-175cm in 10 years. It was named after Jane Platt of Portland, Oregon who grew it in her garden as Magnolia stellata 'Rosea' and Gossler Farms Nursery...
£34.95

Magnolia Judy Zuk
Magnolia Judy Zuk
NEW. Tulip shaped flowers with a beautiful suffusion of orange-yellow, and pink at base in April. Fruity fragrance. Upright in stature with candelabra shaped branching. A Magnolia brooklynensis hybrid reaching 4 metres in 10 years. This choice plant was named in honor of the former director of both the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and the Scott Arboretum, USA.
£29.95
Magnolia laevifolia 'Mini Mouse'
Magnolia laevifolia 'Mini Mouse'
Recently reclassified from Michaelia to Magnolia, this low growing plant has brown buds opening to white globes and then white petals with yellow stamens when fully open. April-May flowering. Height 100-125cm in 10 years. Only recommended for milder regions of the country.
£16.95

Magnolia Lu Shan
Magnolia Lu Shan
Pretty flowers of purest white, held upright on the branches in April. Plant has neat upright habit too. M. denudata x M. cylindrica. Named for Lu Shan Botanic Garden, China. Height 2-4 metres in 10 years.
£34.95
Magnolia Mag's Pirouette  AGM
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Magnolia Mag's Pirouette AGM
NEW. White flowers with the outer tepals shorter than the inner ones, so there's an abundance of small flowers of good substance with a delightful citrus scent, flowering in April. A plant of compact habit, reaching around 3 metres in height. Best in moist acid soils, but will tolerate neutral soils with good organic content. Also known as Magnolia x loebneri Pirouette.
£34.95

Magnolia Manchu Fan
Magnolia Manchu Fan
Tulip shaped creamy white flowers which have a light pink shade at the base. Prolific flowering in April on a dense growing plant with a pyramidal shape. Gresham hybrid. Height 2-4 metres in 10 years. Best on neutral-acid soils. A good Gresham hybrid between M. x soulangeana 'Lennei Alba' x M. x veitchii.
£34.95
Magnolia Milky Way  AGM
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Magnolia Milky Way AGM
Icey white flowers, flushed pink at base on bare branches. Very floriferous flowering in April, even on a young plant. Tulip shaped fragrant flowers 10-20cm in size. Pyramidal habit. Height is around 4 metres tall in 10 years. A choice hybrid between M. 'Mark Jury' x M. soulangeana 'Alba'
£29.95

Magnolia Pegasus AGM
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Magnolia Pegasus AGM
Pure white candle like flowers with delicate rays of pink-purple at the base. Flowering in April with 6 large upright tepals and 3 smaller outer tepals, with good frost tolerance. Cylindrical red fruiting cones in the autumn. A fast growing upright tree, possibly a hybrid between M. cylindrica and M. denudata, growing 2-4 metres high in 10 years, and then 15m at maturity. Please note this variety...
£34.95
Magnolia Princess Margaret
Magnolia Princess Margaret
A reliable plant with large red pink globe flowers, which open creamy on the inside in lotus shape during March-April. A tall growing upright plant of good habit reaching 6 metres. Good autumn leaf colour adds extra interest. Height 2-4 metres in 10 years. Best on moist acidic soils.
£34.95

Magnolia Pristine
Magnolia Pristine
Star-like white flowers on bare branches in April. A good hybrid between M. denudata x M. stellata 'Waterlily', and the flowers show more white tepals. Frost protect when young. It forms a small tree up to 3 metres in 10 years. Best in moist acid soils, but will tolerate neutral soils with good organic content.
£29.95
Magnolia soulangeana 'Alba Superba'
Magnolia soulangeana 'Alba Superba'
Large tulip shaped pure white flowers with a rose-purple basal blotch. April-May flowering. Tolerates neutral clay soils. Forms a large shrub with wide spreading stems. Height 2-4 metres in 10 years. Best on moist acid soils. Goblet shaped buds flushed with purple-red emerge into large, fragrant, pure white flowers on bare branches, Magnolia x soulangeana ‘Alba Superba’ forms a magnificent...
£34.95

Magnolia Spectrum  AGM
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Magnolia Spectrum AGM
Gorgeous rich pinkish red flowers which are lighter on the inside on a small to medium size deciduous tree, flowering from mid-April to late May. It has an upright habit when young, but develops into a broad pyramidal shape after 15-20 years. Magnolia liliiflora has been hybridized with many species and has produced fantastic results. William Kosar of the US National Arboretum raised this Magnolia...
£19.95
Magnolia stellata
Magnolia stellata
A lovely plant with pure white, large, star-shaped scented flowers in March and April. A native of Japan where it is found in mountain woodland, it is a slow growing small tree or large shrub which rarely exceeds 3m in height. Best in acid or neutral soil, in sun or part shade. Protect from late spring frosts when young, as these can kill every bud, and hence the plant.
£19.95

Magnolia Susan  AGM
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Magnolia Susan AGM
The flowers are deep red-purple in bud, opening purple pink. Sweetly scented, and free flowering in late April. Compact growing, with a height and spread of 3 metres at maturity. Raised by Francis de Vos and William Kosar at the US National Arboretum in Washington in the mid 1960's, this is one of eight hybrids that they raised named after secretaries who worked at the arboretum or after wives and...
£19.95
Magnolia Susan Van Veen
Magnolia Susan Van Veen
NEW! Pure pink goblet shaped flowers on a compact plant with a conical habit flowering in April/May. Interesting large silver furry buds in winter. Hardy but needs shelter from cold winds. Height 2-4m in 10 years. Thought to be a hybrid between M. sargentiana and M. sprengeri 'Diva'. A hybrid from Switzerland.
£34.95

Magnolia Tiketare
Magnolia Tiketare
A good late flowering pink variety, with a slowly spreading habit. A fine new variety from New Zealand. Pink cup shaped flowers with darker stripes on the outside, and pure white on the inside. April-May flowering. Height 2-4 metres in 10 years.
£34.95
Magnolia Vulcan
Magnolia Vulcan
Large deep port wine and red, cup and saucer shaped flowers fading deep pink in May. Colour improves with age. Scented. Upright growing plant, that grows into a small tree in time Height 2-4 metres in 10 years.
£34.95

Magnolia x loebneri 'Donna'  AGM
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Magnolia x loebneri 'Donna' AGM
A recently introduced late flowering plant with huge 15 to 20cm wide flat-shaped white fragrant flowers in April. An extremely beautiful and hardy loebneri hybrid. Densely branched deciduous upright habit growing 3.0m in 10 years. It will perform best in full sun. Magnolia kobus was hybridised with M.stellata by Max Loebner prior to 1914 to produce the Magnolia x loebneri cultivar. Diverse habits...
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Magnolia x loebneri 'Leonard Messel'  AGM
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Magnolia x loebneri 'Leonard Messel' AGM
Lovely lilac buds open to beautiful star-like flowers with a pink flush. This is a very free flowering plant in April that makes a magnificent shrub or small tree. The flowers emerge before the foliage. An extremely popular shrub for the smaller garden that will perform best in full sun, and will tolerate any reasonable soil except waterlogged. Magnolia kobus was hybridised with M.stellata by Max...
£19.95

Magnolia x loebneri 'Merrill'  AGM
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Magnolia x loebneri 'Merrill' AGM
Gorgeous white scented flowers (up to 15cm wide) in late March and early April. This deciduous plant forms a large, spreading shrub or small to medium tree. It will perform best in full sun and in any reasonable soil except waterlogged. Magnolia kobus was hybridised with M.stellata by Max Loebner prior to 1914 to produce the Magnolia x loebneri cultivar. Diverse habits resulted and this is a great...
£19.95
Magnolia x soulangeana
Magnolia x soulangeana
Large tulip shaped white flowers with a rose-purple stain at the base. April and early May flowering, before the leaves appear. One of the best and most popular Magnolias for general planting, and will tolerate neutral clay soils and atmospheric pollution, but no good on shallow chalk soils. Usually forms a large shrub with wide spreading branches. Originally raised by M. Soulange-Bodin, who...
£19.95